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Monday
Sep162013

Syrian Opposition Unhappy with Chemical Weapons Deal

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's enemies aren't pleased with the U.S.-Russia plan to turn over the government's chemical weapons stockpiles to international control.

The Syrian National Coalition said in a statement, "The Assad regime has a long track record of deceit when it comes to dealing with the treaties and empty promises in the regime attempt to buy more time."

Even if Assad should honor the commitment, the group said that's not enough, given the 30-month ongoing civil war that has cost well over 100,000 lives.

The Syrian National Coalition is also demanding that the international community force Assad to stop using his air power and ballistic weapons to wipe out population centers.

Assad's foes believe he will use the new pact "to continue the daily slaughter of the Syrian people with impunity."

Meanwhile, the head of the rebel Free Syrian Army is alleging that Assad's regime is pulling a fast one on the U.S. and its allies by moving around his chemical weapons arsenals.

Gen. Salim Idriss contends that Syrian forces have shipped stockpile into Lebanon and Iraq, a charge the Iraqi prime minister's office labeled, "cheap propaganda."

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